Tander's Race, Todd Kelly's Round

Garth Tander took his first race victory of the year in race three but it was Todd Kelly who won the round at Hidden Valley

Tander's Race, Todd Kelly's Round

Tander's race win was not only his first race victory for 2005 but his first since winning the Bathurst 1000 endurance classic in 2000 with Jason Bargwanna. Todd Kelly's second place earned him the round win which was the first time in 2005 a driver has won two rounds, in this case also back-to-back.

With his win in race three, Tander finished the round second overall, with his teammate Rick Kelly third overall for the round after starting race one in 20th place.

There were mixed fortunes for other leading contenders. Steven Richards continued his recovery from race one dramas to finish race three in fourth, while Marcos Ambrose finished ninth just ahead of Craig Lowndes after a race long battle as they recovered from their race two dramas.

However Mark Skaife went the other way, starting second but ending the race in 26th after a slow pit stop saw him caught in the pack, coming into contact with other cars which late in the race saw him suffer a flat tyre.

All this drama has shaken up the points standings. Marcos Ambrose continues to lead, but Steven Richards has moved past Russell Ingall into second with Todd Kelly right behind Ingall with Mark Skaife still well placed in fifth.

As the field left the grid on the formation lap Russell Ingall was left stranded, and although he got a push start, he was then unable to restart under his own power when he returned to the pits and was out before the race began.

When the race got underway Kelly led away once more from Mark Skaife, with Garth Tander, Jason Richards and Rick Kelly close behind, Tander keeping right on the tail of the leading HRT duo.

Tander was the first of the leaders to pit, coming in on lap six. Todd Kelly and brother Rick pitted a lap later, Todd Kelly rejoining ahead of Tander but before the lap was half over Tander passed Todd Kelly.

Skaife was in on lap eight but a slow stop cost him several positions, leading to some contact with Paul Morris in the laps ahead.

A stranded Anthony Tratt brought the safety car out on lap seventeen. The race restarted on lap nineteen, Tander leading Todd and Rick Kelly, Steven Richards who had charged his way up the order and Jason Bright.

Despite another safety car period and some late race pressure from Todd Kelly, Tander went on to win the race ahead of Todd Kelly, with Rick Kelly third ahead of Steven Richards and Glenn Seton as Jason Bright faded late in the race to eighth place.

Result of Race Three, SkyCity V8 Supercars Darwin, Hidden Valley Raceway:

Pos Driver Car 1. Garth Tander Holden Commodore VZ 2. Todd Kelly Holden Commodore VZ 3. Rick Kelly Holden Commodore VZ 4. Steven Richards Holden Commodore VY 5. Glenn Seton Ford Falcon BA 6. Steve Ellery Ford Falcon BA 7. Steven Johnson Ford Falcon BA 8. Jason Bright Ford Falcon BA 9. Marcos Ambrose Ford Falcon BA 10. Craig Lowndes Ford Falcon BA 11. Paul Dumbrell Holden Commodore VY 12. John Bowe Ford Falcon BA 13. Max Wilson Holden Commodore VZ 14. Paul Weel Holden Commodore VZ 15. Jason Richards Holden Commodore VZ 16. Craig Baird Ford Falcon BA 17. Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VZ 18. Paul Morris Holden Commodore VZ 19. Jason Bargwanna Ford Falcon BA 20. Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon BA 21. Steve Owen Ford Falcon BA 22. Cameron McConville Holden Commodore VZ 23. Matthew White Ford Falcon BA 24. Greg Ritter Ford Falcon BA 25. David Besnard Ford Falcon BA 26. Mark Skaife Holden Commodore VZ 27. Paul Radisich Holden Commodore VZ DNF Alex Davison Holden Commodore VZ DNF Simon Wills Holden Commodore VZ DNF Andrew Jones Holden Commodore VZ DNF Greg Murphy Holden Commodore VZ DNF Anthony Tratt Holden Commodore VY DNF Brad Jones Ford Falcon BA DNF Russell Ingall Ford Falcon BA 
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